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Tampa, FL: Wharton Hosts Successful First Food Truck Rally


Smoke rises along Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in New Tampa from the Paul R. Wharton High parking lot.

Tampa, FL: Convention Center Renews Monthly Food Truck Rally at Riverwalk

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The Tampa Convention Center’s Sail Pavilion announced this week that it will renew its popular Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally again for 2014

Tampa, FL: Website Names Taco Bus Among Nation’s Best Food Truck


It is a local favorite here in the Tampa Bay area. Now, the Taco Bus is getting some national attention

Tampa, FL: As Seen On TV – Tampa Restaurants Revel In Their Close-Up

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A customer orders lunch at Taco Bus on Hillsborough Avenue.

You may know Taco Bus for its street food standards with recipes direct from Mexico.

Tampa, FL: Food Trucks Provide Hot Lunches for Hungry HCC Students

Staff and students at HCC SouthShore have the opportunity to purchase lunch from two food trucks Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., thanks to the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally Inc. The public is also welcome to partake.

Before the food trucks started coming, the students and staff at HCC SouthShore really didn’t have a lot of hot food options on campus

Tampa, FL: Roll with It – At Food Truck Rallies, Eating Is an Adventure

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Steve Rabinowitz and I bonded while waiting in line at the Traveling Kitchen food truck.

Long lines, food shortages and sweltering heat: At the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally, WUSF reporter Dalia Colón learned to just roll with lines, food shortages and sweltering heat: At the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally, WUSF reporter Dalia Colón learned to just roll with it.

Tampa, FL: Eat your heart out at the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally

In fact, Mayor Buckhorn gets the record-stomping rally under way Saturday morning by ringing the ceremonial dinner bell at 8:45 a.m. near Cass Street and Nebraska Avenue in Tampa before the assembled trucks begin a 2-mile parade (the caravan is part of the official record) to the Florida State Fairgrounds where they will open for business by 11 a.m.

In addition to Tampa's most veteran trucks such as Wicked 'Wiches, trucks will travel from far afield to be part of the festivities: Bem Bom Food Truck brings its Portuguese cuisine from Orlando, Happy Belly Food Truck zips down from Atlanta and Feelin' Saucy brings its homey Italian fare (luscious eggplant parm) from Sarasota. There will be stunt food (bacon-wrapped deep-fried hotdogs and Gomez's own truck, Not Your Ordinary Food Truck's kangaroo on a stick) as well as 20 bands on two stages and many family-friendly activities.

Feeding America Tampa Bay will be on site to collect non-perishable donations that will go directly to local families in need.

Food truck fever has swept the country in the past several years but came fairly late to the Tampa Bay area, gaining public attention toward the end of 2011.

Tampa, FL: Tampa Rolls to Food Truck Record

Customers wait in line at Red Zeppelin Rockin' Lobster Roll's food truck during a world record setting food truck rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL on August 31st, 2013. LUKE JOHNSON/STAFF

Ninety-nine food trucks rolled into the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday, shattering a Guiness world record of 62 trucks that gathered in one spot in Miami earlier this year.

Tampa, FL: Food Truck Craze Continues to Spread on the Treasure Coast


Vendor Gabriel Caceres (center) of The Empanada Truck takes orders during the first Food Truck Invasion at Memorial Park in Stuart in early June. The event, described as a family-friendly picnic on the lawn, featured more than 25 trucks with a wide variety of menu choices.

It is an event that is well-received by the community and businesses, so absolutely — let’s continue it,” said Janet Metz, the city’s special events coordinator

Tampa, FL: How to survive the ‘World’s Largest Food Truck Rally’ in Tampa

An Italian Cupcake served by Wicked 'Wiches food truck. It contains Italian meats, olives and provolone cheese with a kalamata sauce.

Where most food truck events feature a dozen or so vendors at most, the gathering of mobile food scheduled to take place Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds will be at least eight times larger than usual, if all the trucks show up as expected. Just thinking about all the smells and flavors and shapes of trucks is overwhelming.